Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2014 (Day)
South Africa OCT-MSA01 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Alex Asakitikpi


The unit builds on the skills and knowledge developed in first semester in the unit 'Everyday life in sociological perspectives'. Students develop a greater understanding of important areas of sociological research and theoretical endeavour. These may include topics such as: sociology of health and illness, gender, popular culture and mass media; class and social inequality; poverty and social exclusion; population and society; and family.


After completing the unit, students will have:

  1. Knowledge of key concepts and perspectives used in sociological analysis;
  2. Understanding how sociologists understand the link between the individual and society;
  3. An understanding of how structural factors influence the ways in which people experience everyday life;
  4. Skills in presenting coherently argued and well organized essays on sociological topics.


Two short essays (1250 words each): 60%
Examination (2 hours): 30%
Class attendance and participation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour lecture and One 1-hour tutorial per week

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